A juried exhibition at ARC Gallery from Feb 29-March 24. Opening Reception: Friday March 2, 6-9PM
“Taking a Risk” Opening Reception Friday, Feb. 2, 6-9PM
ARC artists Genevieve Cohn, Carly Colvin, Nancy Fritz, Iris Goldstein, Karen Lange, Ruti Modlin, Cheri Reif Naselli, Maria Reichstadt, Randi Shepard, Lee Stanton, Cynthia Vaicunas, and Amy Zucker will show work that is a little bit out of their usual comfort zones.
“Connected” Opening Fri. Feb 2, 6-9pm
After years of collecting Mexican Folk Art and studying Abstract Expression Karen Lange brings “Connected,” a body of work combining these very different art forms. Karen has been researching and traveling to Mexico in a quest to find out more information about an art form that she has been admiring but not creating. She found and learned that the spirit of folk art is rooted in culture, family, environment and religion. Miss Lange has been a long-time painter in the school of abstract expressionism studying artists as Pollock, DeKooning, Rothko while moving to more contemporary artists such as Rauschenberg, Johns and Stockholder. Studying these artists Lange has been inspired by the bold gestural mark, pairing every day and found objects into paintings, and being fearless with paint and color manipulation. In 2017 Lange showed two pieces of art that were influenced by Mexican Folk Art, but in “Connected” she investigates further to bridge these two seemingly different art forms into harmonious art pieces. Karen Lange is quick to recognize that this is the first of a much larger scope of research, dialogue, and study of these two fascinating art forms that are creating a new visual language.
“Shape, Form and Color” Opening Fri. Feb 2, 6-9pm
“Color is my oldest memory” states the artist Mel Bode. Color is an exploration of how we feel and think. Mel Bode has been an artist all of her life. Her work is photography and mixed media. The process is printed on archival paper with a Giclee printer. This printer allows the sensitivity to the color that is created in each original print. Mel Bode hopes that the viewer is moved emotionally by the usage of color. All work has been framed in acid free mats and museum glass.
Sat. Jan 27, 3-4pm
To conclude the exhibition “Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire” by Zoran Shekerov, you are warmly invited on January 27th from 3-4 PM at ARC Gallery for a lecture given by the artist. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Departing from the work presented at the gallery, during the afternoon, Shekerov through his lecture will aim to open up the space proposed in the title of his exhibition. Bringing us closer to his process of working, his relation to the people he photographs and decisions made when photographing, the artist will concentrate on unveiling the feeling that we encounter which is located amid nostalgia and desire. Where this notion can be located within the narratives that we witness in the photographs and how important is the presence of their lived environment for one to experience the movement between nostalgia and desire.
Zoran Shekerov ( Skopje, 1992) practice focuses on long-term documentary research that explores the human situation in certain socio-political contexts, as well as issues of identity, in particular, re-examining terms such as patriotism and nostalgia by considering the connection between lived history and sentimentality. Mainly articulating his works through a documentary approach, experimenting with the opportunity of converting them to site-specific installations, Shekerov’s interest also lies in the research of the value of the photographic medium.
About the exhibition
Unfolding ten narratives that occur at different geographical locations throughout Macedonia, “Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire”, attests for a generation of people whose inclination towards Yugoslavia, can still be felt after twenty-six years of independence.
Capturing their habitual surroundings where enveloped by objects with which decorating their homes the people articulate the lingering feelings they still have towards Yugoslavia, Shekerov gradually opens up dialogue and invites us to think along with him, wondering if a keepsake can be more than just a reminder of a past. More precisely, if such objects can hold both sentimental longings and prospects.
Born in 1992, for Shekerov, Yugoslavia and the image of Josip Broz Tito is something he got acquainted with through his grandfather’s stories and photographs found in an old family album. Family albums allow one to become familiar with one’s past, and sometimes that of our own. In the exhibition, Shekerov uses his old family album conceived throughout the years by his grandfather, in a subtle manner as a way to connect with the people he photographs. The accumulated knowledge in Shekerov’s case is the support for an immediate connection between them.
Attesting for a lived past time, the photographs carry in them traces of nostalgia, while simultaneously reminding us that this gestures of giving space to objects and collecting portraits and symbols of Yugoslavia are also a way to hold onto and continue the values that they associate with their past. Capturing the particular way in which the objects are kept in their environment and how they are taken care for, Shekerov foregrounds that their meaning is more than just a sentimental value. Holding onto a map of a country that does not exist anymore, or declaring as Yugoslavian, is perhaps a way for them to say that a belief in shared values is still possible and conceivable necessary. Thus, in those moments, the documentary photographs, intimately showing people’s belongings gains a socio-political significance.
The willingness of the people we encounter in the photographs to open the doors of their homes is a sign that they do not want their story to end with them, but to continue through the visitors, evoking curiosity for a specific time. Not as a history but as a way of living.
This can also be read through the gesture of presenting a forget me not token. A small present, given to Shekerov during their conversation. A sign of a recognition between two people who regardless the age difference have interest towards the same subject…
In March 2018, ARC will present “Not Just Drawing: A Line With Intent”
Prospectus and application form
We are looking for a creative consideration of the use of a line.
What is intent? What is the underlying driving purpose or “thought-framework” for making a mark or image on a surface or in a space? Can “intent” include the intention of having no intent? How much does habit, convention or chance dictate our action and how much comes from an original and personal sense of expressed understanding? How much comes from the unconscious or irrational fabric of our experience? Are there other ways to make a line than with a #2 pencil?
This exhibition will be juried by F.David Reif, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Univ. Wyoming. BFA, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, Sculpture, Yale University. All media considered.
The juror will choose 3 honorary awards including “Best of Show” that will be posted in the exhibit and listed on the ARC website.
Check out the prospectus and application form here.
WE ARE MOVING!! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR IN ORDER TO KEEP THIS SPECIAL PLACE GOING. Please read on… and help support ARC’s continued existence!
ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation has been an integral part of the Chicago art community for almost 45 years!
While we have always survived on the commitment of our members and friends(!), this year we are facing significant challenges. The 25% increase in this year’s rent — now coupled with the necessity to move in 2018 to a new exciting space — means we must mount a capital campaign to raise $30,000.
ARC today remains true to its original mission to adhere to a high standard of quality in all its exhibitions, to support and show the work of talented and emerging artists, and to mentor fellow female artists/students.
Although we show the work of all artists, whatever their gender, we bring a uniquely female perspective to the running of this gallery — cognizant always of the challenges many artists face to get their work shown in a professional space and mindful of the value of support.
Also, as part of our mission, we subsidize the cost of mounting individual shows for talented emerging artists. Our juried shows attract both national and international submissions; and many past members of ARC have gone on to further critical recognition. Currently we are expanding our programming to include more performance and video work; and we are reaching out to mentor younger artists via our “Launch Member” program.
ARC remains a unique gallery space in Chicago. We would love to have your support!
HOME; An Exhibition
ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation
Extended the deadline for the show until Tuesday, Oct 4 at 11:59pm.
Home: (hom) n. 1. One’s dwelling place; abode of one’s family. A place where one flourishes, is most typically found or originates w. One’s abode after death; the grave. 3. The abiding place of one’s affection, esp. domestic affections. 4. Ones native land or place. 6. The social unit or center formed by a family living together.
This juried exhibition investigates how home is perceived in a variety of contemporary contexts. Homelessness, routine eviction, migrant work, and the refugee crisis all affect our understanding of home. This exhibition seeks to explore the concept of home in light of these current international and domestic contexts. What does the concept of home mean for the individual and community? This investigation includes, but is not limited to, artistic inquiries of social and cultural identity, economic and political status, gender identity , and ethnic and/or religious heritage.
- Trevor Martin serves as Director of Exhibitions and Associate Curator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A multi-media artist, he is also a lecturer in the School’s performance department. Associated with SAIC since 1998, Martin has lead projects that bridge education and creative research involving guest artists, faculty, and students and organized numerous exhibitions around performance and multi-media work.
- Asha Veal Brisebois, a graduate student in art administration and policy student at School of the Art Institute Chicago, will serve as co-juror with Mr. Martin, as part of ARC’s educational and mentoring program initiatives.
It Figures: The Body in Art
Juried by Dan Addington
Informational Prospectus and Call for Entries
ARC GALLERY AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION is a non-profit, woman-run cooperative gallery dedicated to providing alternative space exhibition opportunities for innovative artists outside the commercial gallery system. Since 1973, ARC has given exposure and support to both men and women artists, providing an atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and experimentation.
In late June 2016, ARC will present “It Figures: The Body in Art”
The exhibition “It Figures” is a contemporary examination of the human figure, historically a major focus of artists. All societies have created their own concepts for how to portray the human body. These concepts are reflected and challenged in artists’ representation of the human figure. ARC looks to examine contemporary society’s and artists’ views of the human body in all of its manifestations.
All mediums and materials are eligible including video and performance for submission. In order to be considered, the artwork submitted must include human figurative aspects. Due to space limitations no projections or media-based installations will be accepted.